Odyssey Aviation, the Fixed Based Operation (FBO) for private aircraft, has signed a contract with Island Industries (Bahamas) to construct its new 20,000 square foot hangar at the Lynden Pindling International Airport (LPIA).
Groundwork is already underway by BHM, the civil works contractor, and the site will be ready for the building's superstructure in September 2017. The expected completion date is November 2017.
Steven K. Kelly, Odyssey's chief executive, said Island Industries (Bahamas) was selected because of its expertise and the Butler building systems, which it has been distributing in this nation since 1968.
He said: "When it was time to select a builder for our new state-of-the-art hangar, Island Industries was the wise choice with a Butler building erected by their own experienced, all-Bahamian crew. Island Industries has the most experience with large clearspan metal buildings in the Bahamas, so we know we can rely on them to get our hangar built within our budget and without problems."
The hangar will feature 200 feet of clearspan to accommodate clients' aircraft. A 180 foot by 28 foot rolling door can be power closed quickly in bad weather, and is enclosed in pockets when open. There will also be 3,000 square feet of office available to Odyssey's hangar tenants.
Odyssey Aviation's hanger and ramp expansion will allow the Rubis-branded service provider to shelter more ultra-long range business jets. It will be the company's second LPIA hangar, and when completed will increase the total hangar space to around 50,000 square feet. Both hangars will handle up to and including the new Gulfstream G650.
Odyssey's lighted ramp will also undergo a 60,000 square foot expansion, bringing the total footprint to more than 600,000 square feet - almost double the size of any FBO at LPIA.
LPIA tops the list of the busiest airports in the Caribbean, and consistently falls in the top 20 in the world. Odyssey Aviation Nassau has the only private property on the field, and the added space will create room to park 20 to 25 more aircraft - significantly boosting the flow of traffic during peak season.
Odyssey Aviation has three full-service, Rubis-branded FBOs in the Bahamas at LPIA, Exuma International Airport and San Salvador International Airport, in addition to two ground handling stations at Governors Harbour Airport and Rock Sound Airport.